2016 Advent Calendar: Day 242 minute read

Matthew 2:9-10

“After [the Magi] had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

Day 24: Christmas Around The World – USA

  • The United States of America has many different traditions and ways that people in celebrate Christmas, because of its multi-cultural nature. Many customs are similar to ones in the UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Mexico.
  • The traditional meal for Western European families is turkey or ham with cranberry sauce. Families from Eastern European origins favour turkey with trimmings, keilbasi (a Polish sausage), cabbage dishes, and soups; and some Italian families prefer lasagne.
  • Some Americans use popcorn threaded onto string to help decorate their Christmas Tree!
  • Many Americans, especially Christians, will go to Church to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Many churches have special Christmas Carol services and events where the story of Christmas is told.
  • In New England (the American States of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine), there are shops called ‘Christmas Shops’ that only sell Christmas decorations and toys all the year round.
  • Americans also send out Christmas Cards, like Carol singing and there’s the unusual custom of the Christmas Pickle!
  • People in America like to decorate the outsides of their houses with lights and sometimes even statues of Santa Claus, Snowmen and Reindeer. Some cookies and glass of milk are often left out as a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve.
  • Towns and cities often decorate the streets with lights to celebrate Christmas. Perhaps the most famous Christmas street lights in the USA are at the Rockefeller Center in New York where there is a huge Christmas Tree with a public ice skating rink in front of it over Christmas and the New Year.
  • In Hawaii, Santa is called Kanakaloka!

Christmas Eve

The word “Eve” is a palindrome, it reads the same forwards as backwards.

Here is the beginning of the sequence of palindromic numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 22, 33, 44

  • How many palindromic numbers are less than 100?
  • How many palindromic numbers are less than 1000?
  • How many palindromic numbers are less than 10000?
  • Is there a pattern?

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